Mbalula: Truth behind platinum belt murder claims will come to light
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says those who face allegations of murder on the platinum belt will be fully investigated.
JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says those who face allegations of murder on the platinum belt will be fully investigated.
Mbalula was speaking after an Eyewitness News exclusive revealed how some miners are living in fear following hits that have left at least 10 local leaders dead in the last five years.
Some of the miners have accused the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa and others in the senior leadership of creating an environment that has enabled the murders.
Mbalula says that no one is above the law and that the truth about who is behind the recent murders will soon come to light.
“For anyone who is implicated by the allegations, there will be no stone left unturned.”
Four Marikana miners have told Eyewitness News that they fear for their lives and have now been forced into self-exile as a result of the tensions in the area.
Mbalula says he has reached out to relevant stakeholders, including Amcu, to try and defuse tensions and restore law and order.
Forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan says that Mathunjwa has opened himself up for any investigations and alleged role in the killings.
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THERE IS HIDDEN HAND BEHIND THE KILLINGS
Following allegations of ordered hits and infighting within mining union Amcu, O’Sullivan says it’s clear that a hidden hand is behind the murders on the platinum belt.
Amcu has hired O’Sullivan to investigate the killings in and around Marikana.
They have also offered a reward for information that leads to a successful conviction.
O’Sullivan said statements made in recent arrests have offered new leads.
“It’s crystal clear from the arrest that was made last week and statements. We, in the meantime, have started looking at the people that person has had contact with and we’re quite certain there’s a hidden hand.”
Amcu maintains allegations against it are made by disgruntled members who are being used to destabilise the union.
MATHUNJWA OPEN TO BEING INVESTIGATED
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa is said to have opened himself to any investigation following murders on the platinum belt that are believed to be linked to union rivalry.
O’ Sullivan says that while he cannot dismiss the allegations against the union, the accusers must provide evidence for their claims.
“Regardless of who it is behind these killings, they will be arrested and charged. The president of Amcu made it crystal clear that we are to arrest him if we find anything on him.”
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)